Say Hello to my version of The Assembly Line’s Oversized Shirt in a [sold out] Japanese cotton from The Cloth Shop. It’s another cracking pattern by TAL and it’s well worth a scroll of the #TALOversizedShirt hashtag if you have a few spare moments. Some sewists have shortened the pattern to a more classic shirt length, others like @m_o_l_l_y_m_o_l_l_y have lengthened it into a dress, and the very clever @needleandcloth used the base pattern to sew this amazing striped shirt.
The fabric I selected has a large scale print with some industrial type images… think pipes, cylinders, spheres etc… Although I made no effort to pattern match, I spent a LONG time deciding on pattern placement.
For the two fronts I opted for the linear part of the pattern to run in different directions… one north/south and the other east/west.
The large spheres were a headache to say the least. There was many places I didn’t want them to land! In the end, I did have to settle for them looking like slightly off centre bottom cheeks! They’re at the back and I’m going to forget about them!
I made two fit changes to the shirt, both common alterations for me. I performed a forward shoulder adjustment and I shortened the sleeves by 1″(2.5cm).
I also went a big rouge with button placement. I located my bust apex, popped a button there and then positioned one above and the rest below at equal intervals.
I switched out the bias bound sleeve splits for a placket. I borrowed the placket pattern pieces from Paper Theory’s Olya Shirt.
I expect that pattern was drafted with bound sleeve splits as it’s an easier method of construction. The switch to a placket meant that I needed to widen each of the cuffs by 1.5″ (4cm).
I do enjoy sewing shirts, especially when the pattern includes those little details like a decorative tab on the back yoke and a shirt-tail hem.
I have a RTW linen oversized shirt that style-wise is very similar to this pattern. Before starting this project I knew I would love and wear this silhouette. I’m currently enjoying wearing this shirt fully buttoned up, with cuffed wide-ish legged jeans. A brooch is of course a must! Worn here with sneakers, seen on Instagram with puffy slides and I predict my orange ankle boots will compliment the outfit too.
I’m rather thrilled with this shirt. The temptation to make another is there, but with a RTW and a me-made oversized shirt in my wardrobe I think I might have maxed out this garment type for now. Are you tempted to make this pattern?
Pattern: The Assembly Line’s Oversized Shirt (purchased from work)
Fabric: Japanese cotton [sold out] from The Cloth Shop
Alterations: 3/8″ (1cm) forward shoulder adjustment, shortened the sleeves by 1″ (2.5cm) and change the bias bound sleeve split to a placket using pattern pieces from Paper Theory’s Olya Shirt. The placket change meant I needed to widen each of the cuffs by 1.5″ (4cm).
Outfit: Trovelore lobster brooch from Tiffany Treloar, jeans from Scarlet Jones (several years ago) and sneakers purchased last summer from Luisa
Photo Location: Ballarat